Jesus is Salvation

The name of Jesus in Hebrew is Jeshua, and it means salvation (Strong’s H3444). Jeshua appears seventy-eight times in seventy-seven verses in the Old Testament. If you read the verses containing this word and substitute jeshua with Jesus, the results are very interesting.

The first occasion of jeshua is in Genesis 49:18 as Jacob blesses and prophesies over his twelve sons. After his statement regarding Dan, which is not entirely complimentary, Jacob said, “I have waited for Your Jesus, O LORD.” For millennia the rabbis have said that the wicked man of the End Times (the anti-Christ) would come from the tribe of Dan. This may explain Jacob’s addition to his prophecy about Dan.

Here are several scriptures in which the word salvation (jeshua) is found and how they read by substituting Jesus instead:

When the Temple existed, during the Feast of Tabernacles, a procession of priests would go to the Pool of Siloam and bring back many gallons of water. This they would proceed to pour out on the altar. It was called the “Ceremony of Water Pouring.” As they did this they would quote Isaiah 12:3, “Therefore with joy you will draw water from the wells of Jesus.” (salvation/jeshua)

Where did they get the idea for this ceremony? I am aware of no scriptural instruction, but by pouring water on the altar, they were extinguishing the altar fire. The priests were figuratively and prophetically showing the need for no further sacrifice. This occurred when we were able to draw from the well of true Salvation, Jesus.

As it happens, this event, which occurred during the Feast of Tabernacles, was recorded by the Apostle John in John 7:37. Jesus was there. “On the last day, that great [day] of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.’” Jesus is the well source of salvation.

Not all Jews were blind to the Coming of the Messiah. A righteous man named Simeon was looking for the Messiah, and it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die until he saw Jesus. Luke 2:27-30 describes the encounter between Simeon and Joseph, Mary and Jesus.

“So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him
according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said:
‘Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, according to Your word; for my eyes have seen Your salvation.’”

Although the Greek language of the New Testament does not directly use the name of Jesus in this text, if Simeon was speaking in Hebrew, he would have said, “ . . . for my eyes have seen Your Jesus.”

Praise the Lord always for the Salvation of Jesus.

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